Thursday, July 21, 2022

Sex, Murder and a Double Latte by Kyra Davis


DNF @ 15%

I've talked before about why a lot of older chick-lits don't hold up. Sadly, SEX, MURDER AND A DOUBLE LATTE is one of those. There's a lot in here that made me think I'd love it. The heroine is Jewish and Black. She's an author. It's one of those chick-lit mysteries, which I've always had a soft spot for, even when they don't age well.

Sadly, this one was a hard miss for me. The heroine is pretty awful. When she finds out the person who was going to adapt her book into a movie unalived himself, her first response is seriously, "What about my screenplay? Why couldn't he have waited?" And the whole passage about his death is just so ick. I get that sometimes heroines are supposed to be unlikable but I'm not so sure that was the case here. I think it was just a poor attempt at humor that aged like cheap vinegar.

I skimmed to the 15% mark to see if it got better and found the dialogue to be pretty artificial and the narrative to be dull. I'd try some of this author's more recent works but I'm not a fan of this one.

1 out of 5 stars

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